100 posts to better teaching
So this is officially my 100th post. I’ve spent 4 years now reading blogs all around the internet, taking an idea here and there from Dan Meyer, Shawn Cornally and many others. Reading all this has certainly had a positive effect on my teaching, but now, 100 posts in, I can say nothing has improved my teaching more than joining the conversation by starting my own blog, and getting active with twitter. I’ve been to every conference you can think of, on every topic from counseling to college admissions, and nothing has had more of an effect on my teaching than trying to write about my teaching everyday, and listening to the feedback of the wonderful teachers out there who are always willing to share ideas and talk about the craft of teaching.
Just today, I got an awesome tip from Joe Bower about how learning oriented learners see more success than grade oriented learners. I would have never found this on my own.
So if you’re a teacher, and you haven’t started blogging/tweeting yet, I’d urge you to give it some thought. It takes way less time than you think (especially if you don’t proofread, like me), and the payoff is tremendous.
I’ll close with a quote from teacher blogger extraordinare, Dan Meyer:
“I experienced two years of professional growth for every year of teaching when I was blogging.”